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Closeness (2017)

Tesnota (original title)
In the late-1990s squalid town of Nalchik, a poor young Jewish couple is kidnapped and a grievous ransom is demanded, as bitter resentments and cruel dilemmas come to light, magnifying the small community's grave predicament.

Director:

Kantemir Balagov
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Cast

Credited cast:
Atrem Cipin Atrem Cipin ... Avi Koft
Olga Dragunova Olga Dragunova ... Adina Koft
Veniamin Kac Veniamin Kac ... David Koft
Anna Levit Anna Levit ... Lea
Darya Zhovner ... Ilana 'Ila' Koft (as Darya Zhovnar)
Nazir Zhukov Nazir Zhukov ... Zalim
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Storyline

1998, Nalchik. A Jewish family is in trouble: the youngest son and his bride do not come home, and in the morning, a ransom note arrives. The ransom is so high that the family is forced not only to sell its small business, but also to seek help from its fellow tribesmen. Written by rurban

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Drama

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Director Kantemir Balagov incorporated footage of a real snuff film involving murders into Closeness. See more »

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References Titanic (1997) See more »

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Thoughtful and unforgettable
16 January 2021 | by linisteaSee all my reviews

This movie is amazing and thought provoking, though difficult to watch at times. But no more difficult to watch than real life, real life of people trapped in wars they didn't create, women trapped in family roles decided for them, real life of small communities divided by identity wars where there is disregard and cruelty for the other just because they are part of another "tribe". There is a real footage of gruesome violence by Chechen militants that brought a lot of critique and controversy. The fact that people complain about this only shows their privilege: they have the power to complain about seeing that in the safety of their environment, on a tv screen. Real people who grew up witnessing and living through that don't have any power to complain about it.


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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

3 August 2017 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Saint-Petersburg, Russia See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$184,008
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1.37 : 1
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